TORONTO (August 9, 2015) – Team Canada flag bearer and world number-one Marco Dispaltro of St-Jerome, Que., won his opening singles match in boccia on Sunday at the Parapan American Games.
Fresh from a silver medal on Saturday in the pairs competition, Dispaltro scored a 10-1 win against José Buzzo of Argentina in the BC4 category.
"I was the favourite and I played like the favourite,’’ said Dispaltro. "It's amazing. We have been waiting for this a long time. People here have reacted positively to the Games. It's nice to see the crowds out at the Abilities Centre (in Whitby)."
It was a busy day for Canada’s 10-member boccia team. Each athlete competed in the first round of individual pool play at the Abilities Centre in Whitby.
Strong performances were had by BC2 Adam Dukovich of Ottawa who won twice inclucing a 13-1 victory over Matt Hiltner of the United States.
In BC1 play, Hanif Mawji of Vancouver defeated Guilherme Germano Moraes of Brazil in his only match. Known for his consistent performance on the court, Mawji remained calm under pressure to take four points in the last end.
“It started off looking like a tough game, both of us touching the jack in the first end resulting in a 1-1 score,” said Mawji. “I was able to capitalize in the third and fourth ends, taking advantage of a little opening between his blocks and slithering in to nail the jack.”
Eric Bussière of Montreal was exceptional in BC3 play in a 9-3 win over Angie Aya Cardozo of Colombia.
Individual play continues tomorrow with the medal rounds taking place on Tuesday, August 11th.